ORLANDO, Fla. - Law enforcement agencies across Central Florida are hoping a push to get guns off the streets will make communities safer.
The annual Kicks For Guns event gives people a chance to turn in unwanted weapons and get a $50 gift card.
Last year, people turned in about 140 firearms -- no questions asked -- to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
The only requirement is for the gun owner to ensure the weapon is unloaded and stored in a plastic bag inside a car so a deputy or an officer can safely remove it.
About 30 minutes after Thursday's event started, Maitland police posted on Facebook that it had already collected five guns. Kicks for Guns started 21 years ago when Real Radio 104.1 began working with law enforcement partners to get guns off the streets. Initially, sneakers were given in exchange for guns, but most agencies now issue gift cards.